Sep 01

Mahogany TarzanClick for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: I would sell Boy to the slavers to get my hands on an “Official” Ape-English Dictionary.

Published 1964

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 6.25 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “Tarzan of the Apes”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    Tarzan – now with Grecian 2000!

  2. fred Says:

    Has to be a tie in with the Mike Henry Tarzan.

    Oook Oook.

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    Only AN Official Ape-English Dictionary?

    I’m holding out for THE Official Ape-English Dictionary.

  4. Rick Deckard Says:

    Tarzan por-kalan yang.

    Ape-English Dictionary

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    The dictionary would come in handy in case Bela Lugosi ever met a Brooklyn gorilla.
    But I think an Ape-German dictionary would be a lot more fun. “Raus mit der ungawa!”
    And an Ape-Swedish dictionary would be an absolute scream.

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    One Cheetah-Vucan neck pinch coming up

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    I prefer my Tarzan novels dubbed, not subbed.

    @Francis Boyle: the barber seems to have missed his right forearm.

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    “Cheetah make damn fine coffee.”

  9. Emster Says:

    @Francis Boyle, @Bruce A Munro: Hmmm yes, a little too well “manscaped” and bejeweled for a guy who’s supposed to be living in a tree… Maybe this is the Weekend Warrior Tarzan version…

  10. JuanPaul Says:

    @Tat, I couldn’t quote place it, but you nailed it.

  11. Mel M Says:

    Tarzan of the Macy’s Parade balloons. Because those arms and shoulders aren’t in the right position to be actually holding him on that vine.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The hatched shading is terrible.

    Everyone has a good point: Tarzan is awfully well-groomed for someone living in a jungle with apes. Is this after he meets Jane and she sets up a jungle spa, featuring waxing?

    Cheeta is definitely plotting something.

    @Tat: Took me a second, but I got it. I bet Cheeta can’t make a cherry pie, though. The parrots are not what they seem.

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Cheeta looks a bit young to be off on a Jungle Adventure? But then he was usually played by a juvenile in the movies: much less likely than an adult chimp to bite off an actor’s nose in a fit of pique.

  14. Max Bathroom Says:

    @Bruce A Munro
    Maureen O’Sullivan gave some accounts of the chimp they used in the films being mad keen on Johnny Weismuller and a pain to work with for anybody else, hard as it might be to credit.

  15. drlemaster Says:

    I tried reading the book, but abandoned it early when I could not get past how it described gorillas. I am sure they new very little about them in the early 20th century, but having the having the alpha gorilla be described as being particularly big at 250 pounds (adult males average 350-400 pounds) and murderously violent (as opposed to just wanting to hang at the salad bar) was just too jarring. Though I suppose it would have been a boring book if the only thing Tarzan had learned from the apes was how to park his ass and gorge on leaves and fruit.

  16. Ryan Says:

    Little known fact: before he hit it big as an actor, Kyle MacLachlan was a SciFi/Fantasy Cover boy.

  17. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Come to think of it, I’m not sure the Tarzan books _had_ chimpanzees: they had (inaccurately presented, as @driemaster points out) gorillas, and Tarzan’s “apes”, which had little in common with any actual primates. (Philip J Farmer, in his multi-crossover stories with Tarzan, Doc Savage, etc. had them as some sort of early hominin, like a beefed-up australopithecine.)

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: yeah, they were a kind of ape not known to science, but they had a language that they spoke, so — not chimps or gorillas. Farmer probably had the right idea.

  19. Tracy Says:

    I want to point out the scarlet macaw flying in the background is native to South America, not Africa. If any one cares.

  20. John Baker Says:

    I had this one when I was a kid. You don’t really notice how bad that cover art is when you’re 10. 😉

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